Herbal Apprenticeship Program 2022

  • WHEN: May - September 2022
  • TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • FEE: $1995 for the entire 4 sessions when purchased as a complete apprenticeship program or $575 per session when purchased separately. That’s a discount of $305! The benefits of participating in the complete program are multifold, however students may wish to attend only one or two sessions. See registration form below for more info.
  • INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne M. Tabert
  • SETTING: In-Person
  • LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID (details & directions provided after enrollment)
Spring Session:

May 19th and 26th
June 2nd and 9th

Early Summer Session:

June 23rd and 30th
July 7th and 14th

Mid Summer Session:

July 28th
August 4th, 11th & 18th

Fall Session:

September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

The herbal apprenticeship program here in Sandpoint is for those who have a strong desire to strengthen their skills and fill their herbal tool belts and apothecary with plant medicine from both the wild and garden. CMHS delivers intensive in-the-field plant identification with hands-on harvesting, formulation, medicine making and holistic health practices.

Take a deep dive into herbal self-reliant autonomy! The road to becoming a competent herbalist is long but the payoff is huge in terms of independent health and wellness for you and your family. Take the time to dive in deeply to reap the many life changing benefits!

Vital Course Educational Objectives

Our apprenticeship program is primarily a skills-based harvesting adventure, hence, the principal goal is for the students to develop the ability and skills to identify plants through organoleptic identification, strong plant stewardship and creating herbal remedies for home or business.

By completion of the program, students will have the confidence to:

  • Identify medicinal plants native and non-native to the North Idaho using botanical Latin and common terms with standard botanical identification methods.
  • Distinguish the medicinal uses of plant species both native and non-native in the wild and garden. Materia medica
  • Participate in legal and sustainable plant harvesting and processing.
  • Gain an understanding of phytochemistry and chemical makeup, actions, and needs of constituents or groups of constituents to give the medicine maker a clear view on pairing them with the correct mentrua. Previous chemistry is not required.
  • Using critical thinking, design and create a wide variety of highly-effective herbal remedies by recognizing the formulas plants create when living in community with each other and knowing when to harvest for optimum strength.
  • Discern appropriate applications and dosing for the remedies and contraindications.
  • Understand the basics of anatomy and physiology and how plants act on/in the body.
  • Delve into creating and maintaining an herb garden for high medicinal yields. Students may take home plants from the CMHS medicinal herb garden.
  • Gain an understanding of “getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.”

Forage a profoundly life changing relationship with nature and become a part of the community that you’re so welcome in. Our knowledge of plants and their medicines is based on a deep relationship to the land, place and home. We welcome working with you on your herbal adventure!


Each sessions’ weeks bring unique lessons. Students will be engaged in an array of holistic botanical experiences that will take them deeper into the practice of herbalism. Students must make the commitment to be available and present each week.

  • Field trips
  • Wild and garden plant harvests
  • Hydrosol distillation
  • Medicine making
  • Flower remedies
  • Botanical skin care
  • Herbal crafting projects
  • Food as medicine
  • Herbal support for body systems
  • Holistic healing practices

The apprenticeship I did with Suzanne was transformative. I went in thinking I’d learn a lot about plants and I did but more than that I walked away with a new community & a new path to my healing journey. The time we shared in the woods foraging and making medicine was its own kind of therapy. While learning about constituents amongst the vastness of the woods or on a trail identifying plants, I found myself finding parts of myself that I had lost. It was a homecoming through nature, community, shared stories & love. It changed my life. Suzanne’s knowledge of plants & medicine is a treasure and she has created an apprenticeship program that conveys that. It’s a journey like no other, take the plunge!! -Meridith S. (Sandpoint, ID)

Upon registration, apprentices will be required to create a student profile. That is the only place where valuable course info is posted including weekly lessons, what to bring, where to meet, important announcements. Supplies needed to acquire in order to successfully harvest plants and make effective herbal remedies are listed for the student to start gathering the books, tools, and supplies needed in plenty of time before the program begins.


REFUND AND MISSED CLASSES POLICY: There are absolutely no refunds, transfers, or make-up days for missed classes or dropping the programs 1 month or less from the start of the program, and/or once the program begins. The responsibility of attending each valuable class rests solely upon the student. Students who attend CMHS apprenticeship programs take coveted places in the program that other students would be thrilled to utilize. If a student drops out 1 month or more before the start of the program, they will receive their fee minus a 20% processing fee. No exceptions will be made.

Supplies List and Housing Information

Housing is not provided. Students must make their own housing and travel arrangements. Students will need to acquire the tools, equipment, jars, and menstrua needed for harvesting and making medicine.

The following is a list of supplies to acquire in order to successfully harvest plants and make effective herbal remedies. Students will be given a “what is needed” list for each lesson, whether for in-person harvesting and medicine making or homework to be done outside of the lessons. Bear in mind that not all supplies may be needed each lesson/homework.

Tools and Equipment for Outings

  • Sharp chopping knife, paring knife, scissors and cutting board
  • Clippers
  • Fabric grocery bags or basket
  • Camp chair
  • Lunch, water/nonalcoholic beverage, snacks
  • Notebook and pencil/pen
  • Masking tape or stick on labels and sharpie pen
  • You will need a Discover Pass and a Northwest Forest Pass if your program is in Washington State.
  • Hand sanitizer.

Menstrua and Other Remedy Making Ingredients

Students will be advised what will be needed for each lesson. Note that not all supplies will be needed for each lesson, but it will be good to have everything on hand.

  • 151 proof alcohol (unflavored) vodka or rum
  • 100 proof alcohol vodka
  • 80 proof brandy of choice
  • Olive oil and any other fixed oils of choice. Note that fixed oils and their attributes will be discussed during programs.
  • Witch hazel (unscented) – with alcohol. Alcohol free is not appropriate.
  • Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)
  • Raw, local honey (liquid, not spun)
  • Spring or filtered water
  • Food grade vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • Beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol

Basic equipment

You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get started, however, having a stocked working environment makes remedy making fun. Feel free to improvise as you learn!

  • Wide mouth jars with screw top lids – plastic or other non-metal lid preferred. You will need both pint and half-pint size jars. Expect to use a couple of dozen each during your program. Only rarely will quart jars be used.
  • Metal sieves (for straining)
  • Wide mouth funnel
  • Small funnel for pouring remedies from big jars into little bottles.
  • Functional (sharp) chopping and paring knives.
  • Scissors
  • Spoons, chopsticks
  • Bowls (with spouts are handy)
  • Filters such as nut bags for straining herbs from menstrua
  • Blender or food processor
  • Dedicated coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Measuring cups, spoons for both dry and liquid ingredients
  • A kitchen scale that measures ounces, grams and liquid milliliters
  • Crockpot or yogurt maker (for macerating oils)
  • Blender
  • Dehydrator with fan and adjustable temperature control.
  • 1/2 or 1 oz dosing bottles with droppers (amber or colored glass)
  • 2 oz spray bottles (clear for hydrosols)
  • 1, 2, or 4 ounce salve jars (amber or colored glass)

Small bottles and jars can be found in-person at local natural food stores, and online at Amazon and Aroma Ready Products.

LIMITED ENROLLMENT: There are many who wish to attend our programs and enrollment is limited to keep our wildcrafting footprint light. The apprenticeship programs at CMHS are for students who are committed to be present each day of the program/s and completing all assigned work. We reserve the right to terminate the teacher/student affiliation at any time without refund for disruptive behavior, creating undue drama, disrespect towards instructors or students, not completing required work, and/or missing 2 consecutive classes in a program, with no exceptions. Please read the entire program offerings carefully, including what you’ll need to acquire for the programs and our refund policy, in order to make the right decision for you. Thank you for understanding.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.